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Budget 2022-2023 IIA3 Children's Social Care - Keeping Families Safely Together

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Newcastle-wide

We want to hear your views on this budget proposal for 2022-2023.

We have set out service savings proposals worth £12 million to balance our budget next year, and would like to hear your comments on them. We also have to save £12 million in 2023-24, followed by another £12 million in 2024-25, which is a total of £36 million over the next three years.

Our priority here is to find out what you think about our proposal for keeping families safely together in 2022-2023. Find out more in our video: IIA3 Children's Social Care - Keeping Families Safely Together
The proposal is: 
“We are transforming how we work with children and families to safely reduce demand for services and keep families safely together. We started this work in 2018. It involves building relationships with families and not ‘doing things to’ them (children and families). We have developed targeted services aimed at reducing demand for care such as the Intensive Family Intervention Team and more recently the Family Group Conferencing service. They work with children and young people to reduce risk and prevent entry to care or to reunify families where a young person has already entered care. Since 2018, the number of children and young people in Newcastle subject to a Child Protection Plan has dropped from 101 per 10,000 children, to 58 per 10,000. The rate of children and young people entering care has fallen and the number of children and young people in care has fallen too. We want to keep this up, and get even better at it.”

We are consulting on all our proposals between 12 November 2021 and 2 January 2022. Have your say by completing the short survey, or by emailing us at: letstalk@newcastle.gov.uk. We have also produced a PDF copy of our questions, which can be found at the bottom of this page and can be printed off, completed, and returned to us at: FREEPOST Let’s Talk if this is easier for you or someone you know.

Here is the Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA) for this proposal, a summary of what we propose to do, and the impact we expect it will have: IIA3 Children's Social Care - Keeping Families Safely Together

Please do give us your views!

If you have any questions about this or you need the consultation materials in different formats, such as large print, you can email us at letstalk@newcastle.gov.uk, or write to us at: FREEPOST Let’s Talk

What happens next

We will consult on our draft budget proposals from 12 November 2021 until 2 January 2022. In February 2022, Cabinet will be asked to recommend the post-consultation budget to City Council. City Council will debate and vote on the budget at their meeting in March.

We will publish the final budget proposals, including a report on the consultation findings, on our website: Newcastle City Council

Thank you for giving us your views.
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